News for the Church 6/11/21

Good morning church!

It’s another beautiful day in the neighborhood! Have you been able to be outside at all the past couple of days?

I love sitting on my back porch listening to all the bird chatter in the trees. A cardinal couple (male and female) often come visit in the morning, along with the robins, wood thrushes, cat birds, phoebes, chickadees, crows, blue jays, etc. It’s fun to step outside the anthropocentric world and observe an entirely different universe that lives right under our noses.

As for church news, there’s a short list— as it should be in the summer months!

Wheelchair access

Ron has installed a wheelchair ramp out the south door of the breezeway, leading to the church yard! Previously, there was a small step down from that door to get to the sidewalk, which made things very difficult if, like me, you have issues with stairs. Now however, those of us using wheelchairs and rollators will simply be able to glide down. Hip hip hooray! Thank you Ron!

We held our first outdoor coffee hour of the summer last Sunday. How did you feel it went? Will this work for you? If for some reason it was frustrating, let me know how we can help to make it manageable for you.

Presbyterian Men

The Presbyterian Men will meet at the Village Diner next Wednesday, June 16 at 11:30.

Rummage Sale

July 10 Beth Grace and Sue Waters are organized for a rummage sale. The sale itself will be that Saturday, from 8 am-4 pm. They will need folks to help volunteer for the Thursday and Friday prior (6/8-9) to help get everything set up. If you’d be willing to volunteer, please reach out to one of them.

Joy and Mourning

Friends, as summer begins to unfurl and as we begin to move out of pandemic living, I hope you will find ways to celebrate these things. In my opinion, there are two things we don’t do enough of in our culture— celebrate and grieve.

Since we’ve been living in a state of mourning for such a long time, I hope that you will find some intentional ways to mark these days with joy and celebration.

The prophet Isaiah wrote to the people of Israel during a very trying and difficult time in their history. Even in the midst of the difficulties, he encouraged them to live faithfully with God. When they did so, he explained that goodness would follow.

“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”

Isaiah 55:12

May there be much singing, clapping, dancing, and merry-making this summer!

Reveling in God’s faithfulness,
Pastor Katrina